Welcome To Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals

Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals is the LARGEST online community & discussion forum for professional sign-makers and graphic designers.

 


  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

3M print 40C

Discussion in 'Vinyl' started by strypguy, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. strypguy

    strypguy Active Member

    628
    25
    28
    Jan 18, 2009
    Carroll, Iowa
    I'd like to hear from any members that have used 3M print 40C extensively. I like the idea of a versatile film I can use on floors, box trucks, signs etc. I'm wondering if anyone has had any specific trouble with the film as far as durability or failures.Thanks, John
     
    Tags:
  2. CanuckSigns

    CanuckSigns Very Active Member

    2,803
    168
    63
    Nov 11, 2008
    Ontario
    I have had a few failures and no longer use it. the most recent was on a glass door, full coverge, cleaned the door very well, and it was peeling up in about 2 weeks
     
  3. ProColorGraphics

    ProColorGraphics Very Active Member

    1,212
    29
    48
    Apr 1, 2009
    Minnesota
    I prefer Hexis HX200. Works the same, very low initial tack (like a wrap film). I have had way better luck with it.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. strypguy

    strypguy Active Member

    628
    25
    28
    Jan 18, 2009
    Carroll, Iowa
    Thanks! ProColorGraphics, where do you get your Hexis products from? John
     
  5. bannertime

    bannertime "You guys do banners, right?"

    715
    143
    43
    Sep 8, 2016
    DFW
    I've had 40c on my lift truck for about a year now as a test. In the deep curves there is some lifting. Possibly even water behind it. Everywhere else it's pretty solid. I removed some promotional graphics from my windows after a year and they came off clean without heat. I don't do wraps or anything with it, typically just spot graphics. So I've only been through maybe 5-6 rolls in the past year of using it. I would feel comfortable, as we already are, using it for short to medium term promotional graphics.
     
  6. OhioSigns

    OhioSigns Member

    35
    12
    8
    Jun 20, 2014
    Greenville, Ohio
    I use 3M 40C-10R for just about everything but vehicle wraps and short term signage. I make quite a bit of safety floor graphics for a local factory using it with the 3645 overlaminate. Use the 8508 for generic decals, 8518 for outdoor signage, contour cut vehicle graphics, box truck and trailer wraps without rivets although I usually try to steer the customer with the 3M 180CV3 if they are trying to get the absolute best product. More often than not though they go with the 40C due to the cost savings. I've been using it for almost 2 years with no failures yet. I think it's a great all around product.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  7. eahicks

    eahicks Very Active Member

    1,750
    160
    63
    Apr 17, 2012
    DALLAS, TEXAS
    I just started using it solely as a cut vinyl for some fleet graphics.....they're blue cars, trucks and vans with all white graphics. So far seems to work great for that. Cuts and weeds great and having air release is a must for lots of installs.
     
  8. SouthEastMIsigns

    SouthEastMIsigns New Member

    19
    1
    3
    Mar 12, 2018
    Michigan
    I always thought the 8518-8520 was intended to be used with the 180 print films? Do you see an advantage using the 8518 over the 8508 when printing on 40C-10R?
     
  9. OhioSigns

    OhioSigns Member

    35
    12
    8
    Jun 20, 2014
    Greenville, Ohio
  10. eahicks

    eahicks Very Active Member

    1,750
    160
    63
    Apr 17, 2012
    DALLAS, TEXAS
    You can use 8518 on anything, as long it's cast. I use it for any outdoor translucent prints, on 180 Vinyl, Oracal cast, Arlon cast...doesn't matter. Only time it matters is with a warranty issue with 3M.
     
  11. SouthEastMIsigns

    SouthEastMIsigns New Member

    19
    1
    3
    Mar 12, 2018
    Michigan
    Interesting. I'll have to give the 8518-8520 a try for outdoor graphics. They are basically the same price as the 8508-8510.
     
  12. asd

    asd Member

    222
    5
    18
    Aug 13, 2007
    colorado
    we only use it on flat surfaces, signs indoor/outdoor, we used it once on the rear upper panels of a cargo van and it fail within 4 months even thou we used 8518 overlaminate with it the edges started to lift
     
  13. strypguy

    strypguy Active Member

    628
    25
    28
    Jan 18, 2009
    Carroll, Iowa
    Thanks for all the info. John
     
  14. Greg Hernandez

    Greg Hernandez Greg Hernandez

    3
    0
    1
    Nov 17, 2017
    78758
    No good.
     
  15. ProColorGraphics

    ProColorGraphics Very Active Member

    1,212
    29
    48
    Apr 1, 2009
    Minnesota
    I get mine from Liz at Platinum Sign Supply
     
Loading...

Share This Page

 


Loading...